The small coastal city of Lancaster is a place where the signs of centuries past are still very much in evidence. There is a Roman bathhouse, a medieval castle, the Maritime Museum, plus fine Georgian and Victorian buildings.
Williamson Park is a nearby country park with great expanses of green space, thick woodlands and an Edwardian tropical butterfly house. The giant folly in the Park - the Ashton Memorial - is easily visible from the city centre. To the west of Lancaster lie the wide sands of Morecombe Bay, one of the most dramatic coastal views in the country.
Skirting the city’s east side is the Lancaster Canal, a peaceful, meandering waterway with no locks. Just outside the city it passes over the River Lune on John Rennie’s spectacular stone Lune Aqueduct. To the south of the city, Glasson Basin is where the canal connects to the sea. It is a charming place to watch the colourful boats in the marina or go for a walk along the disused railway line that has been converted to a footpath.